Graphic Design Production - Certificate Program
Are you fascinated by the world of graphic design, where imagination meets technology? EFSC offers a Graphic Design Production Certificate that can provide you with the skills needed to start your journey as a modern graphic designer!
From branding and website design to video production and animation, graphic designers play a vital role across various industries.
This College Credit Certificate (CCC) is one of the four certificates that can jump-start your career or be combined toward the Graphics Technology A.S. degree at EFSC. Completing this program, which consists of 24 credit-hours, typically takes about a year for full-time students, while part-time students may take a bit longer.
Through a tailored curriculum of courses, you'll become familiar with the print, web, and video graphics production programs in the Adobe Creative Cloud suite. The focus of the certificate is on developing a productive and practical understanding of these industry-standard programs at a rapid pace.
Proficiency in these tools is essential for staying competitive in today's workforce and becoming a skilled and innovative graphic designer.
Graphic Design Production - Certificate Program
Graphic Design Production Certificate - Course Curriculum
In this certificate program, we focus on building your skills in essential areas like illustration, layout, animation, and video production. Classes are primarily held in person on EFSC's Cocoa and Melbourne Campuses, providing hands-on instruction as you work at your own station. Occasionally, we also offer hybrid classes that combine online and face-to-face learning.
The certificate courses cover a range of industry-standard software, including Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign, Dreamweaver, After Effects, Animate, XD, and Premiere Rush. You'll also have the opportunity to explore other valuable tools like Corel Painter and Maya.
Graphic Design Production Certificate - Admissions Information
You can easily apply for the certificate by following Eastern Florida's standard admissions process. The program is open-access, allowing you to enroll at any time during the year, whether it's for the fall, spring, or summer term.
If you're a student from Brevard Public Schools and have taken Digital Design 1 and 2, there's an opportunity for you to save money and time by potentially earning college credit toward the Graphics Design Production certificate through H.S. advanced standing credit. Check with an advisor for details if this might apply to you.
Brief Costs and Financial Aid Eligibility
If you're an in-state student interested in this certificate program, the total cost of tuition is around $2,500, excluding any lab fees and materials. The program faculty is committed to keeping costs down by ensuring access to software on campus. There also may be scholarships and other financial aid options available that could help to lower your out-of-pocket expenses.
College Courses You Would Take
In this program, which is comprised of eight courses, you'll learn how to design using different graphic applications, create page layouts, and work with typography. The focus is on creating print materials like illustrations, composite compositions, and digital designs. While the skills mainly apply to print, they can also be used in web development.
Here are some of the classes you'll be taking:
Learn design solutions to turn ideas into well-arranged compositions. Establish a comprehensive foundation in design, using elements and principles of design to give form to creative ideas.
Combine files from vector and raster-based graphic applications, and learn how to convert and integrate various file formats to create a single composition.
Learn theories of design and layout using industry-standard page layout computer platforms and applications to create flyers, brochures, advertisements, etc.
Use vector illustration applications and a vector pen tool to create illustrative, technical, and creative assignments, developing core skills in the process.
Why Study Graphic Design Production at EFSC?
Networking Through Experienced Faculty
At Eastern Florida, our graphics program is taught by experienced designers who are actively working in the field and often certified by Adobe. They have strong connections with local companies and organizations in Brevard County, who recognize the skills of EFSC design students and often offer freelance opportunities. This combination of real-world experience and networking gives you an advantage when looking for jobs in the area.
As an EFSC student, you'll also have exciting opportunities to engage in digital media clubs, design competitions, and other activities.
Industry Certifications Boost Career Potential
EFSC offers certification programs for various software applications at our Assessment Centers. You can earn industry certifications in popular software like Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator, and InDesign, credentials that are valued by potential employers.
Related Graphic Design and Media Programs
If you're considering the Graphic Design Production Certificate, there are additional EFSC programs you can explore. These programs can be pursued individually or combined to earn the associate degree or even count toward a bachelor's degree at Eastern Florida. To learn more, reach out to an EFSC academic advisor today.